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TNTramair
06-21-2007, 10:18 AM
so whats the route next year?? i heard from little rock to madison but anyone have the cities in between?
over on the hotrod forums everyone was complaining its gonna be the same cities as this year...any confirmation to that??


Rick99TAWS6
06-21-2007, 11:09 AM
Have not heard officially - but did hear unofficially it would be.... Little Rock AR, Springfield MO, Topeka KS, Lincoln Ne, Sioux Falls SD, ?????(I figure either Minneapolis or Rochester MN), and Madison, WI

BigBronco
06-22-2007, 11:14 AM
WTF...

The midwest is SO boring.


TNTramair
06-22-2007, 12:28 PM
yeah...i was hopin it would go back down to Texas or something. this is the 4th time in 5 years they have been to Wisconsin...what is it with that state..:)

Rick99TAWS6
06-23-2007, 06:55 AM
Yep, we were kinda hoping it would go out west a bit, but IMO it's the people and cars that make it special - not the destinations

427
06-23-2007, 07:47 AM
City's bid to bring Power Tour to them, it helps the local economy.


Kurt

NHRAMAN
06-25-2007, 08:41 PM
They NEED to go west... :drive:

rd_ls1_z
06-26-2007, 12:03 PM
I'd say besides the cities bidding on the tour, which makes sense since there's 2000+ cars, 4000+ people, we're there one night, the average age is what, 40-ish, so not too many problems :) ; I think the mid to east part of the country is slightly better suited because of the population density, and descent sized cities are generally 200 miles away. If you were to go through the western states, cities are farther apart = more driving per day. Lastly, it's where the $$$ is....

Killer
06-26-2007, 04:14 PM
so whats the route next year?? i heard from little rock to madison but anyone have the cities in between?
over on the hotrod forums everyone was complaining its gonna be the same cities as this year...any confirmation to that??


Its been the same cities for years and thats why i as well as a lot of my long hauler friends stopped going on the power tour .

We went on the REAL POWERTOURS ...east coast, rt 66, southern run.. daytona... the good ones! So all the longhaulers that i know have refused to run these crappy midwest runs.

I think they just need a better staff that has their hotrod roots in place again. I'd be more than willing to step up to the plate if anyone from primedia reads this. I've been in very key positions for several magazines. If you'd like, contact me for my portfolio and resume. (I've also had my photography in some of your primedia magazines very recently (full spreads) as well as strongly influencing if not taking over one of your photoshoots, thanks to them sending a novice photographer still learning his camera and photography skills.)

I'll make the powertour and your magazine the pinnacle of hotrod as it use to be!

Sorry guys, I went on a rant since the hotrod mags are all owned by primedia and are really not that good anymore. As im sure you all see first hand. I should post up the video and pics from all the past powertours ive been on so you can see how much better it was. The old powertours created memories that last a lifetime these newer ones just waste gas and time you could spend on a real cruize tour.

rd_ls1_z
06-26-2007, 04:46 PM
This year was my first, but I agree that it shouldn't be taking the route that it's taking in '08. I can understand about not going through parts of the Southwest, no offense to everyone there, because of distances between cities. But, the mountainous landscape would be pretty. And what is in Lincoln and Sioux Falls? Once you get away from the Ozarks, the land goes flat, like Memphis to Little Rock, maybe flatter :) .
Driving the Pacific coastline would be neat, some twisties and scenery in Northern Cal. If they stay east side, at least get into the Blue Ridge, Catskills and Adirondacks, and maybe Maine....Flat not fun to look at, and southeast, way too hot and humid. At least they did one thing right, started south and ended north, where hopefully it'll be cooler....Just my .02... Oh, and lastly, why in June, why not in the fall when it's a tad cooler.

SSweet97
06-26-2007, 04:52 PM
When are they comming back to the east coast?

rd_ls1_z
06-27-2007, 08:02 AM
Maybe '09? They should be going somewhere east or south from Madison, WI.

Stangkilr
06-27-2007, 06:21 PM
WTF...

The midwest is SO boring.
Not Missouri, Ozark mountains have some nice roads and stops on the power tour. I went on it back in 04 at the springfield stop.

rd_ls1_z
06-27-2007, 07:46 PM
Ozarks are pretty decent, nice hills, plus the Lake of the Ozarks, it's Nebraska and S. Dakota that I think will be pretty boring. I checked a "over all" US map, and the highways in those states look pretty straight. No matter, I'm still going :)

NHRAMAN
07-03-2007, 05:16 PM
WTF...

The midwest is SO boring. BORING place even to visit once.... :judge: NEED MOUNTAINS AND LARGE BODIES OF WATER. :)...[sorry,M.West people] :jest:

ITSA6
07-16-2007, 10:54 PM
well i know everyone is ranting about it being the midwest but it is nice to have something like this come so close to us here now. lincoln and sioux falls are really close to me so i think i might try to pull the long haul in the malibu next year

DANOZ28
07-17-2007, 11:25 AM
if the route is going through soiux falls SD, to madison WI. my car club "northstar camaro club of minnesota" should have several cars at least for that part. i went to racine WI last month. rained but was fun, my first experience with the tour. see ya!

rd_ls1_z
07-17-2007, 11:30 AM
Here's the route as I know it so far, with dates:

June 7, 2008 Little Rock, AR
June 8, 2008 to Springfield, MO
June 9, 2008 to Topeka, KS
June 10, 2008 to Lincoln, NE
June 11, 2008 to Sioux Falls, SD
June 12, 2008 to maybe Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
June 13, 2008 to Madison, WI
June 14, 2008 Madison, WI Long Haulers Party

blk97z28
08-18-2007, 08:04 PM
DAM ppl hateing on the mid-west ppl:( J/K I don't care I just wanna see some BADASS rides!!!

blk97z28
08-18-2007, 08:04 PM
YES JUUNE 10TH!! Where they stopping in Lincoln,NE?

rd_ls1_z
08-18-2007, 08:22 PM
Do you guys have an expo center or fair grounds? Hot Rod seems to like to go to those, they need room for about 3000 cars.

blk97z28
08-18-2007, 09:39 PM
yes we do have places.

Killer
08-19-2007, 10:10 AM
when are these people at hotrod going to actually listen to their true long haulers that actually make the magazine what it is.. or shall i say what it was! Hotrod is a shell of its self and now its all about the vendors instead of the RIDES the way it use to be!

Like I said before and i'll say it again... take a poll from the long haulers that actually long hauled on " REAL " long hauls ...east coast run ... rt 66... southern daytona run... They will all say the same thing... hotrod has gone down hill... and every long hauler I know has cancelled their subscription and have refused to participate on the power tours until they find themselves again.

So HOTROD / primedia reps I know you read these posts. Why dont you actually listen to US... we pay your bills with our subscriptions.. what will you do when you drive away your core subscribers and all the people with the cars that run on your power tour dont show up anymore?

Will you listen to us then?

V8TV
09-25-2007, 05:50 PM
The early Tours were great fun. I thought it was cool to do long-distance stuff, but some people (and cars) didn't like the long drives. I did all of 'em from 1996 through 2003 (Working at HR from 1997-2003) and really liked going through different terrain and scenery, like West to East, etc. Crossing mountains, plains, deserts, the whole shot. I recall a woman back in '98 who had never been out of SoCal who could not believe there was cool scenery beyond AZ. I loved the land in Utah, CO, the warm FL air... they were all cool. I think a variety of terrain makes all the difference.

- Kevin Oeste

rd_ls1_z
09-25-2007, 07:59 PM
The early Tours were great fun. I thought it was cool to do long-distance stuff, but some people (and cars) didn't like the long drives. I did all of 'em from 1996 through 2003 (Working at HR from 1997-2003) and really liked going through different terrain and scenery, like West to East, etc. Crossing mountains, plains, deserts, the whole shot. I recall a woman back in '98 who had never been out of SoCal who could not believe there was cool scenery beyond AZ. I loved the land in Utah, CO, the warm FL air... they were all cool. I think a variety of terrain makes all the difference.

- Kevin Oeste
I agree, I would like to see something different than corn fields (sorry guys), but the way I see it, since I'm still young, without family obligations (wife, kids, etc), and having a nice professional job, I should get in as many Tours as possible, as much fun activities as possible, before all that changes. So, Long Haul '08 it is :)

XFACTOR
09-28-2007, 08:53 PM
Wish it would come back to Texas I cant wait till it does!! I am thinking about doing next years stops.

slt200mph
10-09-2007, 02:12 PM
I don't care what route it takes. I go on them every year and have a blast. The scenery is OK but it is the great people that you meet and hang out with and the cool cars they drive that makes the tour what it is. If you want great scenery buy a copy of national geographic. Year before last I met a guy from Seattle that drove all the way to Orlando to start the tour and long hauled it. We cruised together the whole tour and met a lot of great folks. Some even came down all the way from Canada. To me it is the people that make the tour special ...:D

Rick99TAWS6
10-14-2007, 11:09 AM
I don't care what route it takes. I go on them every year and have a blast. The scenery is OK but it is the great people that you meet and hang out with and the cool cars they drive that makes the tour what it is. If you want great scenery buy a copy of national geographic. :D

Agree fully with you - it is really about the people and the cars

NHRAMAN
10-15-2007, 05:27 PM
DAM ppl hateing on the mid-west ppl:( J/K I don't care I just wanna see some BADASS rides!!!

we started there in 2002...SPEEDY's joint....CORNHUSKER..at least u cannot get lost...:D

The Alchemist
10-26-2007, 09:48 AM
when are these people at hotrod going to actually listen to their true long haulers that actually make the magazine what it is.. or shall i say what it was! Hotrod is a shell of its self and now its all about the vendors instead of the RIDES the way it use to be!

Like I said before and i'll say it again... take a poll from the long haulers that actually long hauled on " REAL " long hauls ...east coast run ... rt 66... southern daytona run... They will all say the same thing... hotrod has gone down hill... and every long hauler I know has cancelled their subscription and have refused to participate on the power tours until they find themselves again.

So HOTROD / primedia reps I know you read these posts. Why dont you actually listen to US... we pay your bills with our subscriptions.. what will you do when you drive away your core subscribers and all the people with the cars that run on your power tour dont show up anymore?

Will you listen to us then?

Unfortunately, but it's not the subscribers or even selling the magazine that pays the bills, it's the advertisers and sponsors. This is the reason that some magazines will actually give away subscriptions so they can claim a higher reader base to the advertisers and increase the cost of ads in the magazine.

My Dad and I did the 2006 and he and my brother did the 2007 tours and the first year we booked our hotels through Hotrod, the next year, he booked them on his own and said it was better. I can see your point about it being one big, week long add campaign, but again, it's about the people and cars and what you make of it that makes the tour.

I'm hoping that one year they decide to do a full east coast spring, from Miami to Maine and I'll take off the two weeks or so to do the tour. Who knows, maybe they'll do a coast to coast tour. But it does seem like they like Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.

Oh, I plan on going this year, mostly because it's a week hanging out with my Dad who is as big of a gear head as me.

slt200mph
10-26-2007, 01:51 PM
I have been a subscriber to HRM since 1961 and still really like the magazine. When I find it in the mailbox I usually sit down and read the article that I like the best immidiately and then read the rest when I have more time...the power tour this past year was a 2900 mile round trip and I have already calculated that next years round trip will be close to 2500 miles for me..that is plenty long enough for me..I don't care what kind of scenery I am drving through as long as it is mostly in the country..cities suck..the tour is about the cars and the friends that you make along the way..I never make hotel reservations..I just wing it and I always find a room at a good rate..if you plan too much it takes all the fun out of the road trip..:D

The Alchemist
10-26-2007, 02:31 PM
I have been a subscriber to HRM since 1961 and still really like the magazine. When I find it in the mailbox I usually sit down and read the article that I like the best immidiately and then read the rest when I have more time...the power tour this past year was a 2900 mile round trip and I have already calculated that next years round trip will be close to 2500 miles for me..that is plenty long enough for me..I don't care what kind of scenery I am drving through as long as it is mostly in the country..cities suck..the tour is about the cars and the friends that you make along the way..I never make hotel reservations..I just wing it and I always find a room at a good rate..if you plan too much it takes all the fun out of the road trip..:D


That's the right attitude. I think it also helps if you go with a group of people you know and are able to switch it up a little bit each day. I know my Dad and I got sick of looking at each other after the 6 or so day.

Shepp1691
12-02-2007, 03:10 PM
Hoping for the long haul this year..